Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation #essentialsofrecovery


ISOLATION



“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.”

— John Donne

For years I thought that I was alone; lost isolated and afraid. Today I understand this to be a symptom of my alcoholism, an aspect of my disease. Alcoholism is “cunning, baffling and powerful”; it is a mystery that we have only begun to understand. One thing we know, the disease, the “ism” of alcoholism, involves more than the act of drinking. Feelings of inadequacy, isolation and fear keep us from recovering until we discover the spiritual strength to confront the disease in our lives. The initial risk of “letting go” and trusting others is an essential part of the recovery process.

When we discover that we are not alone, then relationships and hope are reactivated; life is worth living again.

O Lord, I believe I am part of this world and an important part of You.
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